The students are the heroes of the story. NNLC's success stories tell it all. Here is one student's story about his successful experience at NNLC.
Christopher M. knew he had to change his life but he did not know where to turn to. As with a job or life in general, Christopher gave these wise words of advice, “if you think you need to change, then you do.” He acknowledged that at one time “he was too lazy to go back to school” but recently felt stuck in his present situation because he lacked a high school diploma.
His first step to reevaluating his future came when he enrolled at NNLC. After a short time at NNLC, he realized that a college education was the key to improving his life. The individual attention and support he received from NNLC’s staff and instructors enabled him to focus on weak skill areas, such as computer work and math.
Like Christopher, more than 900 students a year turn to NNLC to enhance their basic skills needed for today’s workforce market or to bridge the education gap many face in order to move on to college or vocational training. Students often say that they just don’t want a job but a career where they can support their family. Many students comment that their success with NNLC classes made them “believe in themselves” which in turn gave them the assurance to continue on with their education after receiving their HSE. The extra support from NNLC’s staff focuses the student and gives them the boost they need to advance to the next step on their career ladder.
Christopher admits that he learned more at NNLC than in high school mainly because he just didn’t study. He credits his instructors as the chief motivators in helping him improve his study habits, because he felt that they really listened and cared.
His successful classroom experience gave him the confidence to set even higher future goals. While at NNLC he realized that his “need for higher education has grown by leaps and bounds.” After he receives his GED, he plans on enrolling this fall in the vocational veterinary technician classes at Truckee Meadows Community College. He even mentioned that he would like to continue on at UNR.
He summed up his NNLC experience with the following passage, “ Anybody in my shoes I would heartedly encourage them to participate in the programs that NNLC has to offer, as you would be a fool not to take advantage of them. I know that because I was once that fool… NNLC rocks and I really appreciate everything they have done and are doing for my education and my self-worth.”
NNLC has established a fundraising campaign to help our students pay for the cost of taking the GED test. Your donations will help adult students chart their course to success!